The setting for the newest offering from Wonderbound is something that artistic director Garrett Ammon probably never thought he’d see on a stage full of dancers. He and Lighthouse Writers Workshop executive director Michael J. Henry were sitting down with musician Ian Cooke to brainstorm the new production, Gone West, and Ammon says that Henry came up with the concept for the setting.
“The overarching perspective was really about the unique qualities of the West, and Colorado in particular,” Ammon explains. “We talked about how so many different kinds of people end up here for a variety of reasons, but there’s a shared sense of the possibility of making a life for yourself here. And he brought forward the concept that we landed on, which is placing the show at a campground somewhere in the Front Range.”
With poetry from Henry, music from Cooke and choreography from Ammon making up the bulk of the performance, the collaborators added another just-right touch: elements from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, particularly the view of Mother Nature as a character in her own right. Ariel, the sprite from The Tempest who brings the storm, makes an appearance in Gone West. “I like to imagine that she decided at some point to move to Colorado and settle down,” Ammon says. “All these elements come together in such a big way.”
See Gone West at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 West 84th Avenue, tonight, tomorrow and Sunday; the performance continues next weekend at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue in Parker. Tickets are $22 to $47 and can be purchased at wonderbound.com or by calling 303-292-4700.
April 4-5, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 2 p.m., 2014